Last SEC Hearing Scheduled for Northern Pass Plan in Lincoln

Jan 21, 2016


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The last of a group of state public hearings in five counties where the proposed Northern Pass electrical transmission line would cross is scheduled for Thursday night in Lincoln.

Hartford, Connecticut-based Eversource wants to run a 192-mile transmission line from Pittsburg to Deerfield, carrying 1,090 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to New England. Backers say it will create jobs and lower costs in a region that pays the nation's highest average cost for electricity.

Opponents have argued it will hurt property values, tourism and the environment.

The state Site Evaluation Committee recently declared the Northern Pass application complete, starting a one-year-review period.

Thursday night's hearing in Lincoln begins at 6 at the Mountain Club on Loon Resort and Spa.

The SEC scheduled a hearing in Lincoln on Wednesday. Previous public hearings were held in Franklin, Londonderry, Laconia and Whitefield.